Eric Dickerson has the most rushing yards by a rookie running back, with 1,808 yards in 1983.

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NAMESEASONTMGPRUSH YDSATTYPCRUSH YDS/GRUSH TDREC YDSRECTRGAVGREC YDS/GREC TD
Eric DickersonEric Dickerson1983RAMRAM161,8083904.6113.018404517.925.32
George RogersGeorge Rogers1981NONO161,6743784.4104.613126167.97.90
Ezekiel ElliottEzekiel Elliott2016DALDAL151,6313225.1108.715363324011.324.21
Alfred MorrisAlfred Morris2012WASWAS161,6133354.8100.8137711167.04.80
Ottis AndersonOttis Anderson1979STLSTL161,6053314.8100.38308417.519.32
Edgerrin JamesEdgerrin James1999INDIND161,5533694.297.11358662879.536.64
Clinton PortisClinton Portis2002DENDEN161,5082735.594.315364334811.022.82
Mike AndersonMike Anderson2000DENDEN161,4872975.092.91516923327.310.60
Curtis MartinCurtis Martin1995NENE161,4873684.092.914261308.716.31
Barry SandersBarry Sanders1989DETDET151,4702805.398.0142822411.818.80
Doug MartinDoug Martin2012TBTB161,4543194.690.91147249709.629.51
Earl CampbellEarl Campbell1978HOUHOU151,4503024.896.71348124.03.20
Curt WarnerCurt Warner1983SEASEA161,4493354.390.613325427.720.31
Jerome BettisJerome Bettis1993RAMRAM161,4292944.989.37244269.415.30
Eddie GeorgeEddie George1996HOUHOU161,3683354.185.58182237.911.40
Jamal LewisJamal Lewis2000BALBAL161,3643094.485.36296273611.018.50
Rueben MayesRueben Mayes1986NONO161,3532864.784.6896175.66.00
Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson2007MINMIN141,3412385.695.812268192814.119.11
Kareem HuntKareem Hunt2017KCKC161,3272724.982.9845553638.628.43
Jordan HowardJordan Howard2016CHICHI151,3132525.287.56298295010.319.91
Saquon BarkleySaquon Barkley2018NYGNYG161,3072615.081.711721911217.945.14
Billy SimsBilly Sims1980DETDET161,3033134.281.4136215112.238.83
Steve SlatonSteve Slaton2008HOUHOU161,2822684.880.1937750597.523.61
Marshall FaulkMarshall Faulk1994INDIND161,2823144.180.1115225210.032.61
Matt ForteMatt Forte2008CHICHI161,2383163.977.4847763767.629.84
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